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Lucy McGrath

Lucy McGrath Paper marbler
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Making art in water

  • • Lucy follows the processes of Turkish marbling
  • • Water is thickened with a seaweed known as Irish moss
  • • Acrylic paint is applied to the liquid and manipulated into patterns

Always creative, Londoner Lucy McGrath initially wanted to become an illustrator, but during her time at Brighton University she realised it wasn’t for her. “It just didn’t click with me. What did click with me was making things,” she says. The university had a bindery, and she became fascinated with binding her own sketches into books. Later, while on holiday in Turkey, she took a workshop on Turkish paper marbling and fell in love with it. These two passions have come together in her own business, Marmor Paperie, which sees Lucy making her own marbled papers and using them to create bound notebooks, guestbooks and other products. As one of the few marblers in the UK, Lucy aims to show that this ancient craft can used in a thoroughly contemporary way.

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Journal - Abalone, Stone

This A5 hardback journal was handmade in thick greyboard and covered with an original marbled paper in a naturalistic stone pattern. Inspired by iridescent abalone shells, the colourway features deep teal, delicate seafoam green and electric pink, accentuated by glittering gold veins. Inside, the journal comprises 240 pages of ivory-toned Italian paper.

Length 15 cm
Width 21.5 cm
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Lucy McGrath Paper marbler
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Journal - Indigo & Wine, Nonpareil

This A5 hardback journal was handmade in thick greyboard and covered with an original marbled paper in a nonpareil pattern. The colourway pays homage to the long heritage of paper marbling through its choice of traditional colours: rich indigo and wine red surrounded by soft blues and black, accentuated by glittering gold veins. Inside, the journal comprises 240 pages of ivory-toned Italian paper.

Width 15 cm
Length 21.5 cm

Lucy McGrath Paper marbler
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Journal - Indigo & Wine, Stone

This A5 hardback journal was handmade in thick greyboard and covered with an original marbled paper in a stone pattern. The colourway pays homage to the long heritage of paper marbling through its traditional choice of colours: rich indigo and wine red surrounded by soft blues and black, accentuated by glittering gold veins. Inside, the journal comprises 240 pages of ivory-toned Italian paper.

Width 15 cm
Length 21.5 cm

Lucy McGrath Paper marbler
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Journal - Green, Gold & Pink, Feather

This A5 hardback journal was handmade in thick greyboard and covered with an original marbled paper in a feather pattern. The colourway was inspired by forest greenery, with flashes of pink and gold veins. Inside, the journal comprises 240 pages of ivory-toned Italian paper.

Width 15 cm
Length 21.5 cm

Lucy McGrath Paper marbler
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Journal - Blue, Gold & Copper, Swirl

This A5 hardback journal was handmade in thick greyboard and covered with an original marbled paper in a swirl pattern. The colourway was inspired by the beauty of the ocean: deep, relaxing blues ebb and flow between veins of glittering gold and copper. Inside, the journal comprises 240 pages of ivory-toned Italian paper.

Width 15 cm
Length 21.5 cm

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